As per our typical Tuesday tradition, we went climbing and then out to dinner afterwards. The group of guys we climb with all did Kung Fu with Brian. It's a really great group that encourages us and holds us accountable to actually go climbing after a long day of work!
Yesterday was Donald's birthday, and a few days ago was Eric's, so we celebrated their birthdays last night at dinner...by stuffing our faces with deliciousness! We have affectionately nicknamed Donald our human "yelp" for Asian restaurants. He introduced us to the Tofu House we love and our favorite sushi restaurant. Last night Donald took us to a new Japanese restaurant that is tapas style - small appetizer dishes that you share at the table. It was ah-mazing!
We started with these dishes: edamame, octopus balls, and a variety of skewers.
Next was chef's choice sushi - This is sashimi; meaning it's just the fish. It is not rolled with rice or other ingredients. Wonderful taste, but I was not a fan of the texture...
According to Donald, you can just keep ordering the tapas. The table has a little digital bell that lets the server know you'd like to order more food. A few of us decided to order entrees as well. My dinner: Tokyo Ramen = pork, bamboo shoots, noodles, seaweed in a soy-chicken broth
Brian's dinner: teriyaki chicken over rice with a spicy Japanese mayo
I loved all of the bowls and plates! Most of them looked to be handmade and hand glazed pieces. They were beautiful! Now for the next culinary adventure! I wonder where Donald will take us! :)
One of my favorite contemporary artists, Roxy Paine, creates these beautiful dendroids sculptures. They are larger-than-life, metal, tree-like sculptures in which Paine wants to provoke thought about nature verses technology. Paine explains he follows the rules and uses the elements of the language of trees. He puts together new sentences to form chapters, books...new sculptures.
You can read more about Roxy Paine on his website: Here. The dendroids are one of many series he has done. Here is the interview I watched and used in my classroom. He explains the language and his planning. You also see some of the installation of the sculpture.
I personally am drawn to trees and their natural beauty. One year I even had my 2nd graders create "tree" projects all year long! We discussed "change" and how trees can represent growth and change. We're not always the same, not perfect, but organic. We start out small, young; and with time, we can become established, wise, strong. We reach for the sky and put roots down - like trees!
I love the flow Paine gives his work. The unfolding and revealing of understanding through the development of the sculpture.
My parents celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary this past December; Brian's parents celebrated 37 years last May. Brian and I have two amazing, Godly marriages to guide us. We had the opportunity to sit down and discuss "life" with both sets of parents over the winter break. It was encouraging and exciting. I kept thinking, "What will we be like in 40 years!? What will our lives have been like? Imagine the stories we'll be able to tell!" I am excited to see how our life unfolds.
With 2014 behind us, Brian and I are ending a chapter and beginning a new one with many possibilities. We had a great year with a lot to be thankful for.
Some 2014 highlights: